This exercise is part of Ma Wang Dui Qi Gong. It is based on the Ma Wang Dui texts. The oldest surviving example of these texts dates back to 300 BC. However, the original book was most likely written quite a bit earlier. It’s important to note that many interpretations of the Ma Wang Dui forms have developed over the years. This is one interpretation that I particular like as it often focuses on specific acupuncture points.
This movement is designed to increase circulation and flexibility in the Foot Shao Yang Acupuncture Channel. This acupuncture channel runs along the side of the body, connecting with the ear, temple, trapezius muscle, hip and lateral side of the leg and foot.